Sexual abuse describes any unwanted sexual activity, often involving perpetrators who use force, make threats, or otherwise take advantage of a victim who is unable to give consent. Immediate reactions include fear, anger, and disbelief, but sexual abuse can have longstanding problems that can interfere with a survivor’s day-to-say living, preventing them from truly enjoying their lives.
According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted every 109 seconds. Every 8 minutes, that victim is a child. One out of every six women has been a victim of an attempted or completed rape. One out of every ten men is a rape victim.